Instead of a hedge, a metal fence and trellis for vines.
Instead of planting a hedge, landscape architect Thomas Berger erected a two-part metal skeleton. The lower section is a 5-foot-high, 50-foot-long chain-link fence, which parallels the front of the house and curves around the corner. Berger planted mature Hahn's ivy in 2-gallon cans every 3 feet along the base of the fence. Intertwined in the wire mesh, the ivy quickly filled in to screen the courtyard 3 feet below.
The upper part of the metal skeleton is a freestanding, 72-foot-long pipe-rail trellis, which runs above the fence and makes a semicircular arc mounted to the side of the house. The arc, defined by four parallel pipes, has a radius of about 15 feet. (This job required the services of a professional pipe bender and welder.)
White-flowering wisteria is slowly covering each end of the trellis and converging toward the middle. On the courtyard side, a border of Viburnum tinus masks the retaining wall below the fence.
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|Date:||Nov 1, 1985|
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